Men Of Iron
Only a few months before, Richard 11.-Kent, wicked, and treacherous-had been dethroned, and Henry IV. declared King in his stead, But it was only a seeming peacefulness, lasting but for a little while for though king Henry proved himself a just and a merciful man-as justice and mercy went with the men of iron of those clays-and though he did not care to shed blood needlessly, there were many noble families who had been benefited by King Edward during his reign, and who had lost somewhat of their power and prestige from the coming in of the new King. Among these were a number of great lords the Dukes of Albemarle, Surrey, and Exeter, the Earl of Marquis of Dorset, the Earl of Gloucester, and others-who had been degraded to their former titles and estates, from which King Richard had lifted them. These and others brewed a secret plot to take King Henrys life, which plot might have succeeded had not one of their own number betrayed them. Their plan had been to fall upon the King and his adherents, and to massacre them during a great tournament, to be held at Oxford. But Henry did not appear at the lists where- upon, knowing that he had been lodging at Windsor with only a few attendants, the conspirators marched there against him. In the mean time the King had been warned of the plot, so that, instead of finding him in the royal castle, they discovered through their scouts that he had hur- ried to London, whence he was even then marching against them at the head of a considerable army. So nothing was left them but flight. Some betook themselves one way, some another some sought sanctuary here, some there but one and another, they were all of them caught and killed. The Earl of Kent-one time Duke of Surrey -and the Earl of Salisbury were beheaded in the market-place at Cirenccstcr Lord Le Despencer --once the Earl of Gloucester-and Lord Lumley met the same fate at Bristol the Earl of Huntingdon was taken in the Essex ens, carried to the castle of the Duke of GIoucester, Who he had betrayed to his death in King Richards time, and was there killed by the castle people. Those few who found friends faithful and bold enough to afford them shelter, dragged those friends down in their own ruin...
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We listened to Men of Iron on a long trip. We enjoyed the story; the exploits and doings of Myles Falworth were exciting. His maturation throughout the book was well done - from foolish boy to brave, wise knight. H... ...more
I read it decades ago, and it still appeals to this 50-year-old boy, perhaps because it makes me first like that young lad I was in the early 1970s. That is it's greatest strength, I feel; it captures and romanticizes knighthood in the time of King Henry IV for im... ...more